Tracking Presidential Campaign Promises

Control of the Wage Bill

The promises: Uncontrolled wages and salaries caused by bloated public sector through presidential appointments and establishment of commissions that largely usurp the line Ministries’ functions, unregulated wage increases, double or triple dipping of salaries and pension as well as uncoordinated recruitment across the public sector. If we are to restore credibility to the service, we must coordinate the wage bill. If we are to enhance staff moral and improve on service delivery, we must control the wage bill. Wages and Salaries must be harmonized on the basis of fairness and equity in the use of public resources. A commissioner or a director or director general must have an aligned appropriate grading within the civil service comparable to other public sector workers, payroll verification exercise between Government and NASSIT, public sector workers on Government payroll will be assigned biometric photos and personalized pin codes linked to NASSIT numbers. These measures, when implemented will lead to substantial savings to finance our programs. This will provide substantial savings to the Budget.

Manifesto Reference: Financing the New Direction, Measures to Control Expenditure

Status
In the works

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Goods and Services

The promises: The goods and services expenditures are mainly recurrent expenditures, wages and salaries and debt service payments. They include vehicles, utilities (telecom, electricity, water facilities, housing), travels, procurement of drugs and medical supplies. This is where we have very large leakages and unbudgeted expenditures. These are the areas that should be tackled decisively to make the required savings for financing poverty related activities

Manifesto Reference: Financing the New Direction, Measures to Control Expenditure

Status
In the works

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Procurement and Maintenance of Vehicles

The promises: It is reported there are 100,000 vehicles registered by Government and related institutions. These exclude those registered under parastatals using private number plates. The purchasing cost of the vehicles, which are mainly SUVs, is around $65,000 to $110,000 each (Government prices). First problem, the vehicles are excessively overpriced. For example, a V6 Land Cruiser or Prado costs Government around Le660 million for 5 years covering high purchase price, customs duty/tax waiver/insurance and repairs. V8 Toyota Land Cruiser will cost Government Le1.09 billion in 5 years. We estimate that 10,000 vehicles cost is around Le6.6 trillion. Reducing this cost by at least 50% will make Le3.3 trillion in 5 years. Concrete measures will include reducing spending on purchase of V8 vehicles, introducing pool vehicle system in the public sector; staff bus service for junior workers and vehicle loan system for certain categories of public sector workers.

Manifesto Reference: Financing the New Direction, Measures to Control Expenditure

Status
In the works

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Reduce Cost on Travelling

The promises: Over the last 10 years, overseas travel was an expanding Government area. Despite the cosmetic austerity measures, reports show that the travel budget after austerity is higher than the preausterity period. For example, the attendance of the President to UN, AU or ECOWAS Summits cost over Le4.0 billion in each case. Overseas travel expenses across the MDAs are uncontrollably higher, estimated at over Le250 billion or more than $30 million a year. We recognize that it may be impossible to reduce overseas travel to zero. However, in order to to make savings the following measures will be adopted:

  • Government delegations will be reduced or streamlined to the minimum-value for money travels
  • Quarterly budget performance report on the outcomes compared to estimates of MDAs will be published
  • Use of Sierra Leone diplomatic missions to represent Government except where there are unavoidable statutory meetings that lead to net economic benefits
  • Adopt travel policy across Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) on ticketing, travel per diem computation, categories of class of travel for each category of staff.

Manifesto Reference: Financing the New Direction, Measures to Control Expenditure

Status
In the works

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Education Governance

The promises:

  • Revert from 6-3-4-4 system of education to the 6-3-3-4 with focus on improving learning and teaching and providing for those who cannot pursue university education.
  • Implement and fund a new Free Education Programme for primary and secondary levels.
  • Enhance the capacity for education planning, management, monitoring and coordination
  • Develop a new National Education Policy and Action Plan to translate the New Direction into concrete programmes
  • Develop a robust policy and legal framework for Public-Private-Partnership in the education sector.
  • Develop a new NGO/donor co-ordination policy that would make them more accountable and integrated into the public education programmes
  • Strengthen Education Management and Information System (EMIS) to support informed strategic decision-making, programme development, management and evaluation by providing quality data at all levels at all times
  • Develop the capacity of School Inspectorate for effective school monitoring and supervision.
  • Build the capacity of School Management Committees (SMC) through regular training and providing incentives for their contribution to school management
  • De-politicise the Board of Governors of schools, redefine their roles, and introduce a compulsory reporting requirement for Boards
  • Respect and support the autonomy of the National Union of Students (NUSS).

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Increasing Access to Finance

The promises:

  • Introduce a partial guarantee scheme to provide loans to high potential private sector entities in order to reduce the cost of finance for investment
  • Review and strengthen the regulatory framework for Micro-finance Institutions (MFIs)
  • Expand on mobile technology to improve on access to credit and repayment
  • Re-establish National Development Banks to provide equity capital to Sierra Leoneans in businesses with credible foreign companies
  • Establish a fund to provide access to medium and long-term capital to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and encourage lending institutions to lend a significant proportion of bank loan portfolios to SMEs.

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Private Sector

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Public Works

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP Government will increase investment in housing and public works to create jobs for youth through:

  • Train youths in the use of local materials and the use of appropriate technology for housing construction
  • Design and implement a national programme for housing and urban renewal programme in all local councils for the improvement of roads, drainages, bridges, general sanitation and poor environmental management for job creation

Manifesto Reference: Empowering our Youth, Women and the Disadvantaged, Empowering our Youth

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Put in place policies and mechanisms to support value additions to our mineral resources with a view to generating jobs and additional income to Sierra Leoneans

The promises: Put in place policies and mechanisms to support value additions to our mineral resources with a view to generating jobs and additional income to Sierra Leoneans

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Management of Mineral Resources

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Fighting Corruption and Improving Accountability

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP government will treat corruption not only as a governance issue but as a national security threat. It will therefore leave no stone unturned in its fight against corruption. In particular, the New Direction will:

  • Review within the first 100 days the ACC Act to include the publication of all assets declaration forms of all public officials before they take office and upon leaving office.
  • Commit the political leadership to lead in the fight against corruption
  • Review the relevant provisions of the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 (including Section 119 in particular) and the ACC Act to strengthen the ACC’s investigative and prosecutorial mandate with respect to audit reports tabled by the ASSL before
  • Parliament to give it powers to proceed without the need to wait for Parliamentary investigations
  • Develop value systems and implement a robust merit and reward system in public and private life.
  • Categorize corruption and measure it in terms of its economic costs to the nation such as low, medium, high and very serious, in a manner that attracts harsher and stiffer penalties for more serious infractions.
  • Ensure the full implementation of all recommendations in annual audits of the ASSL and of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
  • Commit to adhering to and implementing the Access to Information Act to deepen the fight against corruption.
  • Adopt a new framework to ensure accountability and transparency in the public sector in the form of National Public Sector Transparency and Accountability Initiative (NAPSTAI) to subject the public sector to more scrutiny by civil society and development partners.
  • Provide support to CSOs to enhance their capacity to prepare appropriate shadow reports on issues of transparency and corruption.
  • Enhance inter-agency cooperation at the local and national government levels to prevent, detect and punish corrupt practices.
  • Set up a system for planning, monitoring and reporting on Development Results referred to as Results-Based Management (RBM) wherein development targets will be set at the start of each year and senior managers will be accountable for delivering on these results.
  • Improve social accountability in which public officials and non-state actors will give account of their stewardship.
  • Strengthen Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS), District Budget Oversight (DBO) by citizens.
  • Popularize and enforce a comprehensive code of conduct for public officials to regulate their conduct whilst in public office.
  • Establish a special anti-corruption division in the High Court to promote judicial specialization and expeditious trial of corruption cases.

Manifesto Reference: Fighting Corruption and Improving Accountability

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Reduction of illegal fishing

The promises: Establish an enabling environment for reducing illegal fishing through regional and international cooperation and collaboration:

  • Establish an enabling legal and regulatory environment for combating illegal fishing
  • Revitalize the Joint Maritime Committee (JMC)
  • Implementing effective and sustainable surveillance systems

Manifesto Reference: Improving Management of Marine Resources

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Urban Water Supply

The promises:

  • Construct a new water reservoir for Freetown and its immediate environs
  • Construct boreholes and gravity water supply facilities in hard to reach peri-urban areas in Western Area
  • Rehabilitate water distribution network in Freetown and construct stand pipes in deprived communities
  • Introduce flow meters to reduce wastage in urban towns.
  • Rehabilitate existing water dams and protect all major watershed areas against deforestation and other environmental problems
  • Speed up institutional and regulatory reforms of the sector, especially at GVWC and SALWACO, to improve on efficiency and cost recovery
  • Separate water generation from water distribution and supply responsibilities as it is now the case with electricity
  • Strengthen the maintenance culture and capacity of Guma Valley Water Company
  • Encourage rain water harvesting all over the country

Manifesto Reference: Increasing Access to Water Supply and Improved Sanitation

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Education Financing and Management

The promises: Whilst the Government will continue to be the principal investor in the education sector, it will also secure support from donors, NGOs and the private sector within a context of a more robust policy and legal framework. Specifically, in the New Direction, the Government will:

  • Increase government budgetary allocation and disbursement from less than 15% to 20% of GDP in line with the Education for All (EFA) target
  • Develop a new policy and legal framework to attract additional donor and private sector investment in education
  • Improve on the co-ordination of all interventions by government, donors including NGOs
  • Strengthening the management of all resources allocated to the education sector and effectively track all donor resources to the sector
  • Promote social dialogue with relevant stakeholders in the education service delivery including the Sierra Leone Teachers Union

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Improving Training

The promises:

  • Revise curriculum for banking training in line with international standards
  • Establish a national school of banking and finance
  • Organise a yearly conference on the financial sector

Manifesto Reference: Strengthening the Financial Sector

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Economic Empowerment

The promises:

  • Establish a special Youth Empowerment Fund to support youth engaged in small and medium scale entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Promote youth engagement in agriculture through the provision of direct support in the form of finance, market information, technology and technical advice to youth (including agricultural graduates) to engage in commercial agriculture and agroprocessing activities.

Manifesto Reference: Empowering our Youth, Women and the Disadvantaged, Empowering our Youth

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Ensure that companies provide meaningful employment for Sierra Leoneans especially in management positions and carry out requisite training.

The promises: Ensure that companies provide meaningful employment for Sierra Leoneans especially in management positions and carry out requisite training.

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Management of Mineral Resources

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Improving Security Governance for Development

The promises: The New Direction will seek to build TRUST between citizenry and security forces. We will build on the progressive reforms of the security sector that commenced after the end of the war, with a focus on professionalization, de-politicisation and equipping of all forces and agencies for effective service delivery. Specifically, we will:

  • Improve the conditions of service of all service men and women.
  • Ensure recruitment, promotions, transfers and deployment of service personnel are conducted in a fair and transparent manner taking due account of professionalism.
  • Re-introduce community screening of recruits into the RSLAF and SLP.
  • Provide adequate housing for RSLAF and SLP service men and women and their families.
  • Make fully functional the Air Force and Navy as part of the Tri-Service of our RSLAF.
  • Work towards mechanizing and modernizing the RSLAF to enable them generate revenue to contribute to nontraditional military functions such as relief, disaster interventions, agriculture and construction.
  • Upgrade healthcare for service, ex-service men and women and their families
  • Provide subsidised education support for all RSLAF and SLP officers and their children intending to pursue professional higher education at national institutions.
  • Ensure a more transparent and value-added participation of our security sector in peacekeeping missions around the world.
  • Review all allowances of men and women serving in UN Peacekeeping Missions to bring them in line with new increases by the UN and ensure that they are paid at their duty post.
  • Take immediate steps to decongest our prisons and institute reforms in the areas of pre-trial detention, prison management and sentencing.
  • Develop an updated fire policy with attendant regulations and guidelines for the fire force.
  • Establish and equip fire force services at district headquarters
  • Remove disaster management from the Office of National Security and establish a national specialized agency for disaster preparedness and management.
  • Set up an integrated immigration network system linking key border posts with the immigration headquarters in Freetown to facilitate data processing and storage.
  • Increase support to the civil registration system.
  • Institute measures to create a National Immigration Service with a view to making it semi-autonomous in the discharge of some of its functions.
  • Reverse Sierra Leone's image as an easy target for money laundering and drug transhipment.
  • Review the laws against drug trafficking with a view to empowering the state to seize and forfeit assets of drug traffickers to meet national and international obligations.

Manifesto Reference: Improving Security

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Promoting good governance and sustainable management of fisheries

The promises:

  • Strengthen policy and regulatory framework for fish resources by:
    • Revising the existing fisheries policy and finalization of the fisheries and aquaculture legislation
    • Developing a Strategic Action Plan to implement the policy
    • Institutional and management review of the MFMR
  • Register all fishing vessels:
    • Develop a web-based database of all industrial fishing fleets 29
    • Conduct a survey of all artisanal canoes and conduct systematic registration of the artisanal fleet with markings
  • Assess the status of key fish stocks (knowledge on the status of resources):
    • Enhance the MFMR data collection system
    • Enhance the research institute (IMBO)
    • Conduct periodic indirect surveys of key fish stocks (Pelagic and demersal)
  • Promote transparency by publicizing all fisheries management information such as the revenues, licence fees, vessels committing infractions, fines paid by vessels, etc.
  • Prepare and implement Management Plans that set levels of sustainable exploitation for targeted fisheries and create rights and allocation mechanisms for such fisheries
  • Introduce community-led management systems at the community level, transferring management responsibility to the community to manage their adjacent coastal fish resources
  • Develop inclusive communication strategies to serve as platforms for publicizing and informing the public about government’s vision and development programmes for the fisheries sector

Manifesto Reference: Improving Management of Marine Resources

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Rural Water Supply

The promises:

  • Construct boreholes, gravity water systems and solar water pumping schemes attached to shallow water wells in all villages
  • Develop the capacity of Local Councils to effectively handle water supply issues in provincial areas
  • Develop capacity of local councils and communities maintenance of water supply facilities
  • Improve the coordination of the work of various International agencies and NGOs involved in water provision
  • Engage in research and development of alternative water sources such as the harvesting of rain water

Manifesto Reference: Increasing Access to Water Supply and Improved Sanitation

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Urban Sanitation

The promises:

  • Carry out a study of the needs of urban sanitation and develop a central sewage system to replace pit latrines.
  • Enforce the change from pit latrines to Pour Flush or Full Flush in cities
  • Re-introduce special cleaning day (last Saturday in a month)
  • Strengthen and expand coverage of public-private partnership in garbage collection
  • Introduce recycling and incinerator facilities
  • Promote waste to energy project
  • Re-introduce sanitary inspectors under the supervision of the local councils
  • Consider alternatives to use of plastic bags
  • Implement a rain water drainage system for the cities with high rainfall.

Manifesto Reference: Increasing Access to Water Supply and Improved Sanitation

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio


Improving the conditions of Teachers

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP will raise the morale and productivity of our teachers. To this end, a Presidential Initiative for teachers will be launched. The Initiative will ensure that matters relating to teachers are treated with utmost importance. Other specific actions include:

  • Review the functions and making functional the Teachers Service Commission with a view to creating opportunities for teachers to have a career path
  • Develop a special incentive scheme for Science and French teachers as well as teachers in remote areas and those in special needs institutions
  • Introduce THE BEST TEACHER award for the most innovative, ingenious and dedicated teachers at national and district levels
  • Build staff quarters and embark on long-term housing scheme for teachers
  • Provide free university education for three children of every school teacher with at least 10 years’ teaching experience  Review the status of Community Teachers nationwide

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio